Burglary Prevention Tips

Easy way to improve your home’s security

According to the FBI, burglars break in to a home or apartment once every 15 seconds. The risk that a burglary could happen to you is very real, no matter where you live.  Fortunately, it’s not difficult to improve your home to prevent a burglary.

Your home’s security is only as good as its most vulnerable point of entry. Identifying these weak points is the first step for keeping you home and family safe from burglars. Here’s where to begin on burglary prevention in your home:

  • Wandering Keys:  The idea of handing your house key to a burglar may seem ridiculous, but that’s exactly what you could be doing every time you send a spare key floating among family, friends and service personnel. The key holders themselves may be trustworthy, but you can’t control the paths they may cross and the situations in which your key may be exposed to the risk of duplication. Be smart about issuing spares, and take care when you’re carrying your master set through everyday routines, such as valet drop-offs and auto shop visits. Finally, don’t ever hide spare keys in “secret” places outside your home, because burglars know which flowerpots to look under.
  • Weak Locks:  A door with a handle lock is an easy mark for a burglar armed with finesse and a plastic credit card. It’s important to install quality deadbolts at all entries. The best type of deadbolt lock is one offering keyed access on the outside and a thumb latch on the inside, providing exterior protection and a quick-response release in the event that the home’s residents need to make an emergency exit. New styles of deadbolts feature a locking mechanism that actually locks out duplicate keys when activated. If a contractor, housekeeper or next-door neighbor has regular access to your house keys, utilize your burglary prevention knowledge by installing a deadbolt to ensure that they can only access your home when invited.
  • Doorway Downfalls:  In the end, a lock’s effectiveness depends on the strength of the door in which it’s installed, so it’s wise to reinforce your door to prevent a burglar from kicking it in. The weakest part of a door is usually the area around the lock, especially in wood doors. The solution is to add a decorative door reinforcement plate to make the door more secure. Better yet, consider replacing your front entry with a sturdy fiberglass door, which looks like wood but is far stronger and more energy efficient. Some fiberglass door manufacturers like those from Therma-Tru also feature multi-point locks, utilizing bank-vault-style pins to prevent the door from being kicked in and keeping burglars at bay.
  • Weak Patio Doors:  Many older sliding patio doors have the inherent security disadvantages of less-sophisticated locks and location at the rear of a home, where burglars commonly enter. Some older models can actually be lifted right off their tracks and away for a grand intruder entry and exit. To prevent a burglar from breaking in, consider installing older doors with “patio bars” that prevent doors from sliding back in their tracks even when their locks have been damaged.
  • Peep Holes:  You can’t always see a burglar coming, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep an eye out for the suspicious persons. Extend your view by installing a wide-angle (200-degree) peephole that allows you to take in your entire entryway at a glance.
  • Lock Windows:  Open windows give burglars a tempting view and an easy way to break into a home. Secure your windows with window treatments and shades that discourage prying eyes. Before you leave home on even the shortest errand, do a double-check to make sure all windows are closed and locked. Security bars may be installed over small, ground-level windows situated in low-traffic areas, but only if they’re fitted with quick-release mechanisms that allow them to be opened from the inside in an emergency.
  • Home Security and Burglary Prevention TipsBright Lights:  Dark places around your home’s exterior is just what a burglar needs to cover his attack. Add lighting as needed to brighten all sides of your home. One of the most effective ways to do this is by installing motion-detector spotlights, which have built-in sensors that switch on the lights as soon as movement is detected nearby.
  • Trim Trees and Shrubs:  Tall trees and dense shrubbery can wind up being accessories to crime as well as to your landscaping. Prevent burglars from getting in by keeping front hedges and bushes cut low and trees pruned, especially around windows and entryways where burglars may perch before breaking and entering.

Burglars are sneaky thieves that can strike at a moments notice. But by following theses burglary prevention tips, you can dramatically reduce the chance that a burglary will happen to you.
 

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Burglars beware

We are planning a vacation soon, and after reading this, I am empowered to make my home defensible from the break ins which are plaguing every home on my block! You are right, every 15 seconds, some home in America is broken into. That's a shame! Besides adding some access control systems to both my entry gate and front/back door, I plan on cutting the trees and shrubs near all windows. Together, we can beat burglars forever!

THINK LIKE A BURGLAR

Professional or amateur burglars will break into your home, if there is an opportunity. Be prepared and fight back.
Getting robbed is an awful feeling and makes you think that you could have done more to prevent it.
By definition, the crime of burglary is a non-confrontational property crime that occurs when we are not at home.
Living in a house takes more places and things to think about when talking security. There are lots of break-in points to consider.
If you have had a bad experience already with a crook

guttering

I was reading your article and would like to know if there is in fact something
to protect the guttering. I have a very nasty neighbor. I have blurred video of him vandalizing my home. The police state that the pictures just are not good enough. Please help .

I FORGOT TO MENTION...WHERE I

I FORGOT TO MENTION...WHERE I LIVE, THE POLICE SEEM TO LET MINORS JUST GET AWAY WITH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY....THIS IS NOT GOOD...WHAT WILL THEY BECOME IN THE FUTURE? MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO IS ABOUT 21 JUST ROBBED BANK. ANOTHER MURDERED A PERSON....DRUGS INVOLVED. AND THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. MUCH NEEDS ATTENTION AND PEOPLE NEED PROTECTION. THERE IS NOT REALLY ANYTHING I HAVE FOUND THAT WORKS WITH GANG MEMBERS.............WHERE IS THE JUSTICE?

BURGLARY PREVENTION

BURGLARIES ARE GREATLY ON THE RISE. MANY ARE GANG MEMBERS AND VERY ORGANIZED. THERE ARE MANY NEW METHODS (WHICH ARE NOT MENTIONED IN YOUR ARTICLE THAT SHOULD BE.) PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THE NEW SYSTEMS BURGLARS ARE CURRENTLY USING. ROOFTOP BURGLARIES ARE NOW VERY POPULAR. BUMB KEYS...IT IS BETTER TO TURN LOCK UPSIDE DOWN WHEN INSTALLING...MAKES MORE DIFFICULT FOR BURGLARS. THESE PEOPLE WORK IN GROUPS. DURING THE DAY VERY OFTEN. WHEN INSIDE THE ROOF OPENNINGS, IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO EVEN FIND THEM. THESE GAND MEMBERS MAKE THEIR MNOR CHILDREN ALSO BECOME PART OF THE CIRCLE. THEY HAVE LOOK-OUTS. THEY USE NOISE TO DISTRACT FROM HEARING THEM. MANY PEOPLE ARE OFTEN HOME AND DO NOT EVEN REALIZE WHAT IS GOING ON. SOME EVEN TAKE THEIR LITTLE DOGS IN THE HOUSE SO THEY WILL BE WARNED ASAP. OTHERS USE HORSE TRANQUALIZERS ON DOG OWNERS IN ORDER TO ENTER. THEY OFTEN MAKE TRAP DOORS, SOME ON ROOF TOPS. GUTTERS ARE POPULAR FOR CLIMBING AND SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO BE REACHED (OR I BELIEVE THERE IS A COATING THAT CAN BE APPLIED.) OLDER STORM WINDOWS ARE EASILY OPENNED FROM THE BOTTOM. THEY SOMEHOW BREAK THE SMALL LOCKS ON THE BOTTOM SO CAN JUST FLIP OPEN ANYTIME. I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN A OLDER TEEN AND BIGGER JUMP ONTO A ROOF IN LESS THAN A MINUTE! YOUNG CHILDREN ALSO USED AS LOOK-OUTS AND APPEAR TO BE PLAYING. (THEY ARE ALSO PAID). BURGLARIES ON THE RISE GREATLY AND NEEDS MUCH INVESTIGATION AND UPDATING! MANY INNOCENT VICTIMS!